Making its debut this Sunday, February 17 is Isshido Ramen, which opens in the Mira Mesa complex across the street from Menya Ultra Ramen. The 50-seat eatery, a former sandwich shop, has been remodeled and includes an open kitchen and ramen bar.
Its owners also run a ramen restaurant in Fukuoka, Japan, the birthplace of Hakata-style ramen. At Isshido, they’ll offer classic tonkotsu ramen, made with a milky boiled pork broth and topped with sliced pork belly and other garnishes, as well as a variety of other options that include Chicken Paitan with chicken breast and a shiitake mushroom and chicken soup and a vegan version made with spicy miso sesame-based stock and teriyaki tofu. They’re also bringing over a trend from Japan, adding a fresh truffle sauce and truffle oil to a twist on tonkotsu ramen that’s served with oyster mushrooms. The restaurant told Eater that they eventually plan to make noodles in house.
Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the eatery’s menu extends to pork tonkatsu stuffed with cheese and sesame leaves and sake-marinated prime steak, fried until medium rare, served with rice and salad. Additional dishes include udon, takoyaki, and oden, a wintertime dish that features vegetables and other ingredients simmered in a soy-flavored dashi broth. Sake and bottled beer are currently available, with draft beer to come.